GUWAHATI, June 23: The Sports Journalists Federation of India at the Annual General Body meeting here on Saturday decided to confer the inaugural SJFI medal to tennis legend Vijay Amritraj.
The 64-year-old multi-faceted Padma Sri awardee will be honoured during the SJFI annual convention scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from September 18-22.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medalist in Javelin Throw Neeraj Chopra was named the Sportsperson of the year, while the history-making men and women’s table tennis team which represented the country at the CWG was adjudged the team of the year.
Manu Bhaker, the youngest India to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup, is this year’s Emerging talent of the year.
At the AGM, it was also decided to award three eminent sports personalities – Anjali Bhagwat, PK Banerjee and WV Raman – the SJFI honorary membership.
Meanwhile Subodh Malla Barua (Assam Sports Journalists Association) and A Vinod (Kerala Sports Journalists Association) were unanimously re-elected as the president and secretary of the SJFI for the 2018-20 term. Prasanth Keni was retained the treasurer.
Office-bearers for 2018-2020: President: Subodh Malla Barua (Assam); Vice-presidents: Jac Gladson (Telegana), Tushar Trivedi (Gujarat), R Narayanan (Tamil Nadu), Sarju Chakraborty (Tripura); Secretary: A Vinod (Kerala); Joint secretary: Manuja Veerappa (Bangalore); Treasurer: Prasanth Keni (Mumbai). Executive Committee: Abhishek Sengupta (Kolkata), Amitabha Das Sharma (Kolkata), Sambit Mahapatra (Odisha), Bidyut Kalita (Assam), Vikas Pandey (Indore), Devendra Pandey (Mumbai), Sandeep Dabhekar (Nagpur).